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  • 16 HD games for the new iPad

    Apple's Retina Display has made everything else obsolete. So to keep up, game developers have had to optimise their games to suit. Here are the very best Retina games to date. These things really are painfully sharp. But clarity comes at a premium. Sky Gamblers: Air Supremacy -- US$4.99 Enjoy dogfights? No, not those underground abusive-to-animals dog fights, I mean aerial dogfights. The only thing this game is missing is the g-force that would make you vomit. This is one of the most popular games you can find for iOS and for good reason. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • NBC breaks up with Microsoft over MSNBC

    Screw Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, the big divorce news on the web right now revolves around Microsoft and US broadcaster NBC. The two have ended their 16 year-long partnership on MSNBC, which will now be called NBCNews. According to The Next Web, the rebrand is the result of NBC owner Comcast buying out Microsoft's 50% stake in the news portal. The new identity is likely an attempt by NBC to consolidate its online properties. This is backed up by a comment made by Steve Capus, the president of NBC News. He said the rebrand allow the company to...

  • Law firm offers 6 tips for courting investors

    Law firm Dommisse Attorneys is a small team of attorneys with a big interest in startups. Speaking to BizCommunity, the firm's founder and senior partner Adrian Dommisse asserts the firm's interest in guiding startups through the legal aspects of securing funding -- both local and international -- as well as lending a hand in acquisitions. Dommisse says that whether you’re seeking venture capital from an international fund or courting potential shareholders, your startup will benefit from laying a basic legal groundwork early on.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Big oil suffers big hack: thousands of emails leaked

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back into your inbox. Hacker collective Anonymous has dumped thousands of emails from oil giants including Shell, Exxon and BP. The three oil companies, along with Russian companies Gazprom and Rosneft, are all accused of melting the Arctic icecaps. According to Novainfosec, the first phase of the leak included 317 emails and corresponding MD5 hashed passwords, while phase II included 724 emails and hashed emails and 26 emails with clear text passwords. According to The Next Web, much of the leak is encrypted but has been posted online in the...

  • 5 iPad apps to make music now!

    Muso's kind of love the iPad. There's a truckload of tasty apps for the dedicated; musician; and we've got five of the best to get you rocking. Corny, but it's the best intro we can come up with after a heavy weekend of gadgets and boozing. 1. Garageband for iPad -- US$9.99 Garageband is a compact home studio. And that’s a big deal. Considering it’s competition -- FL Studio for iPad -- costs US$19.99! I don’t think everyone quite understands the effort Apple went to creating a useful songwriter’s tool with Garageband for iPad. Whether it sounds the best or not, the...

  • Rocket Internet’s Asia ecommerce domination is well underway

    Rocket Internet is fiercely growing its global empire. Last week, the German company entered Burma with an ecommerce play and now it seems that the company also has plans for Cambodia where it has launched yet an another ecommerce site, reports The Next Web. According to a report from the Pheom Penh Post, a representative from Rocket Internet said "the company would invest 'millions' in Cambodia". The site, shop.com.kh is in English-Khmer and currently sells electronics such as mobile phones, laptops and tablets. The site will also be expanding into other range products such as baby products. User will be able...

  • 5 great tools for managing your social media feed

    If your job title contains the word 'digital' then change and stress is something you are quite familiar with. Being immersed in the digital age means that no two days are ever the same. Facebook tonight is probably different to Facebook tomorrow, new platforms pop up overnight and the rules of the game are constantly evolving. Managing digital platforms is no longer as easy as updating your Facebook status. Now you need to worry about which messages are relevant to which platforms. Is your message on Twitter the same on LinkedIn? When did you last add a new pin...

  • How political parties can use mobile and social media to reach voters

    A political election is much like a marketing campaign showdown, and the team with the best product usually sways the biggest audience. Look at Barack Obama in his first campaign -- cited as the most successful “new marketer” in history for his ground-breaking use of online and social media to reach out to potential supporters. Finding the triggers to a nation’s touchpoints -- what policy matters to them, how they need to hear information and how best to get them this information -- is key to informing the people about their choices. More than anything, Obama's campaign showed that online and...

  • 5 entirely necessary websites about cats

    I have said it time and time again. Despite the efforts of various counter-revolutionary forces to make the internet about other things, like social interaction, the spread of important information or porn, everyone knows that the internet's true purpose is to glorify cats by any means necessary. It is well-known among people interested in the actual truth (this is not even a conspiracy theory at all), that the internet was originally created by brainwashed human slaves at the behest of The Meow Meow, a top-secret cat organisation whose aim is the progression and advancement of cat society at the...

  • How an HTML 5 mobile game reached millions on Mxit

    It’s a hit on Mxit, millions have played it and HTML 5 powers it. This is Moonbase from Maxxor. Gearburn spoke to one of the directors at Maxxor, Adrian Frielinghaus and found out how this cross-platform game hit the big time. Presented below is an extremely off-the-cuff conversation with Frielinghaus and as per his request, we won’t be using his image in the interview. Frielinghaus, “hates corporate images” and would prefer that we show a picture of Moonbase instead. Read more on Gearburn.comvar vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • TaxTim will dramatically change your opinion on filing tax returns

    Death and taxes. Both certain and both capable of evoking equal measures of despair. When tax season lumbers around, it’s hard enough to recount the cost of living lawfully, without the filing process being tedious and daunting. Take heart though, a South African startup called TaxTim is about to throw all your preconceptions about filing taxes out the window. Launched in November of last year, TaxTim is an approachable, virtual tax assistant who helps you complete your tax return by asking you simple questions, in plain English. By answering Tim’s questions, you help him collect the information needed to fill...

  • Religious hardliners request Russian Facebook ban

    Things are not looking good for online freedom in Russia. First the country's parliament approved a controversial web censorship bill and now religious hardliners want to ban Facebook. According to Russia Today, activists from the Orthodox Church are angry at the social network's decision to launch same-sex marriage icons, calling them "gay propaganda”. The activists apparently believe that the icons could make young people tempted to explore homosexuality. In fact, the church in the city of Saratov, southern Russia, asked issued an ultimatum requesting that the social network "stop flirting with Sodomites". When threatening the world's largest social network...

  • More ‘social television’ in China: Sina is launching a web tv service today

    Chinese online media giant Sina is set to expand the amount of multimedia content on its popular micro-blogging platform today with the launch of its own social television service. A deal with BesTV New Media will give Sina Weibo's 300 million users more reason to stay on the country's most popular social network. According to Bloomberg, the web tv service will be launched today in Shanghai and will hopefully bolster Sina's social media efforts against competitors like Tencent. Mao Taotao, a public relations manager for the company's Beijing branch, confirmed the reports, but other details are still scarce at...

  • Digg pulls a Myspace, sells for $500 000

    Oh how the mighty have fallen. Social media news aggregator Digg is being sold for less than a tenth of what it used to be worth reports the Wall Street Journal. The company, which was founded in 2004 by entrepreneur turned angel investor Kevin Rose, was once worth US$160-million and managed to raise US$45-million from big name investors such as Facebook investor Greylock Partners, LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen. The site works much in the same way as Reddit does. Users post links on Digg's home page, then others vote on their choices, determining the prominence...

  • Twitter: still no plans for IPO

    You know when a tune gets so ingrained in your head that you recognise it instantly, even if you haven't heard it in years? That's what Twitter's stance on the possibility of an IPO is starting to feel like. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said the company still had no plans to go public: “We are going to remain private as long as we want. I like being private for all sorts of reasons. It allows us to think about the business and the way we want to grow it... as opposed...